Saturday, 30 April 2011

Page Fifty-eight Vancouver Represent

Today my brother gave me this. Leah Gregg, a local Vancouver photographer, was showing a few weeks ago, and he picked up this cloth bag for me with some of her images on them. These ones are shot in Vancouver's China town and apparently some or even all of her photos are taken on her iphone! I do love photography, I think, if you love fashion, you must love photography. It is particularly pleasing to see my own city portrayed so artistically. Check out her flickr page here .

Friday, 29 April 2011

Page Fifty-seven Obakki

Myself and Nikole

There was an episode on Sex and the City where Carrie caught Big coming out of church with his mom and then later expressed how she loved it and the idea of Church fashion and elegance. Last night me and the girls (Nikole, Nikki and Robyn) went to the Obakki Fall 2011 show at St. Andrews Church in Vancouver We waited for the doors to open, in high heels and flowing dresses, skirts, bows and sparkles, satin, coats and sunglasses and every other accessory,and then the doors opened and we all took our seats in the pews. The smell of incense and candles burning (clusters of them glowing up the corners of the stage) were somewhat nostalgic and magical. The show itself was nothing short of spectacular. Completely wearable, elegant, sexy, feminine and flattering, and the audience admired each piece, keeping a mental shopping list. Proceeds of the event, and the brands primary focus, goes to the Obakki Foundation, an organization supporting many humanitarian causes. A film at the end of the show was beautifully presented, showing people in Africa and our connection to them,further emphasizing their role in the fashion industry and reminding the audience that Obakki the brand, is more than just a fashion label. Visit the website here and watch the show and view the collection for yourself.

Page Fifty-six S & M

Fall 2011/2012 Paris Fashion Shows have been presented and today I spent over an hour flipping through the magazines reading about inspirations and absorbing all the fabrics and details. The colour palettes were deep jewel tones like plum (almost maroon) and jade green, as well as earthy browns and golds, and black not suprising for fall. What was suprising however, were the bondage details and fetish inspired pieces. Leather panels and strips were intricately constructed and bound. Layers of either tulle or feathers softened the hard edge of fabric and metal fasteners. Here, Viktor & Rolf, Ann Demeulemeester, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton.

Realistically, Fall is going to arrive, and I doubt I will have a Givenchy dress in my closet... but a well constructed leather jacket is always a staple... I did buy leggings from H&M last year, black with black leather panels on the thigh. Sometimes when you rework these things you can reinvent them... I think this will be one of those pieces. I also thought the heavy boot would be a one season thing... as I thought we beat to death the Kate Moss roadie-chic look this past winter, but it looks like the Doc Martin boots will still be in! I can't say I'm not excited about that. Anything with edge or attitude or a bit of "I don't care," I like. However, while we're on the subject, I almost always revert back to a London girl, more 60's A-line with big round buttons and what-not.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Page Fifty-three Vintage Sex

Peter Dundas presented his Fall 2011 collection for Emilio Pucci recently and to no suprise,it was stunning! A combination of riding, regal and robust the show emanated sophistication and sex. Curves and cut outs reminded me of what once was considered shocking and sensual. Somehow music videos and the urge to push the boundaries created a new type of barely there sexy that went from mini skirts just below the croch to only wearing a bathing suit, to simply...bras and bootie shorts.

What about toe cleavage? The symbolic touches of almost revealing something... My personal opinion is to pick top or bottom... you show breasts? you go conservative on the leges, and vice versa. Peter Dundas completely understands. The proportions and fit make each outfit flattering, feminine and powerful! As always, his prints were incredible and were also uniquely translated through burn out dresses and lace. Beading and luxuriousness, I'm certain, can only truly be experienced and understood up close so I encourage you to at least take a further look at the collection on